Julia Goren, ADK Education Director, 518-523-3480
Kayla White, ADK Summit Steward Coordinator, 518-523-3480

Lake George, NY —  On May 29th, ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) hosted a stewardship training in Ray Brook, NY for northeast stewardship programs. ADK has been a leader in the High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program for over 29 years, a partnership program with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.  This training shared best practices, helping other stewardship programs in the region be as successful as the High Peaks Summit Stewardship program.  Eight regional programs participated including the Adirondack 46er Trailhead Stewards, the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development’s Blue Hole Stewards, Student Conservation Association Backcountry Stewards, Green Mountain Club Summit Caretakers, Monadonack Ecological Research and Educational Program (MERE) Summit Stewards and The Nature Conservancy.

“We feel that stewardship is most successful when we build on the successes and learn from the mistakes of each of our programs.  This training is an opportunity to share each other’s experiences.  Collectively, we can encourage consistency in our stewardship messages, improving all of our programs.  The challenges facing wild lands in the northeast are not unique, so this is an opportunity to build stronger stewardship throughout the region,” says ADK Education Director Julia Goren.

This one-day training included presentations about Adirondack land management, regional geology, personal safety, radio protocols, the Authority of the Resource communication Technique, interpretive training, and alpine ecology, with time to share experiences between programs.

“I greatly appreciate the opportunity to send MERE stewards to ADK’s stewardship training.  The staff at ADK, Julia and Kayla, have been super accommodating, welcoming and supportive.  Discussions on the communication technique, Authority of the Resource, and the role-playing in the field are invaluable, tangible aspects of the training we value.  There is no better way to learn than in the field from experts who have done it for years,” says MERE Director Dr. Peter Palmiotto.

“Stewardship is invaluable for the sharing and protection of public lands. ADK is the source for modern day stewardship. This training provided the Catskill Center Stewards with the necessary training structure needed to start this 2018 busy season off on the right foot,” says Catskill Center for Conservation and Development Peekamoose Blue Hole Steward Coordinator Andy Mossey.

“The Adirondack 46ers have a long-standing mission and tradition of education and stewardship, as reflected in the Trailhead Steward Program (as well as other ongoing efforts involving trailwork and outdoor education).  Julia and Kayla from ADK have been supportive, accommodating, and flexible, providing invaluable training that gives us all a common framework when working with the hiking public,” says 46er Trailhead Steward Program Coordinator Fran Shumway. 

This training was both part of the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship program and part of ADK’s ongoing efforts to increase stewardship of the High Peaks region.